Students who complete their associate’s degree would be able to pursue careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, and court services.
Each individual agency has its own education requirements. Many agencies are now requiring a minimum of 60 credit hours of college education. Some agencies even require bachelors or masters degrees. Students should look at the minimum educational requirements of the agencies they are interested in applying for.
Individual agencies have certain disqualifying violations in their background requirements. Convictions involving drunk driving, drug possession or domestic abuse are serious charges and can be disqualifying factors. Certain moving violations resulting in suspensions, revocations, or disqualifications can also be disqualifying factors. Each individual agency will evaluate other violations based on their merit.
Each individual agency has and follows its own hiring process. Many agencies have pre-employment exams, physical fitness test, interview panels, background investigations, and medical exams. This process can take many months.
When applicants go through a background investigation, departments usually are checking verification of information that the applicant included in their employment packet. This may include items such as work history, financial history, criminal history, education background, and personal/work references.
Many agencies follow set standards that involve a timed run, push-ups, sit-ups, and flexibility. Some use obstacle courses involving similar activities. Students should check the hiring standards of the respective agencies they are considering applying for.
Most criminal justice agencies have training academics that new employees must attend. These range in length and are designed to educate new employees in job duties directly related to that type of employment. Many of these are employer sponsored and you have to be hired first before attending.